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Cross-fertilisation between sci comm and STS

By November 1, 2012No Comments

The Canadian Journal of Communication is planning a special issue on possible cross-fertilisations between communication studies and science and technology studies (STS).

Very interesting for us here at Medical Museion because many of us work at the crossroads of medical humanities, science communication and science and technology studies.

As the editors of the special issue say in the call for papers, a growing number of communication researchers have been “employing conceptual tools and methods offered by STS to assist in understanding the sociotechnical character and situatedness of media and information technologies and their configurations”. And, vice versa, STS researchers are becoming inspired by communication studies as they examine phenomena that “weave together the material and symbolic”.

The focus of the special issue is to continue the dialogue between communication studies and STS, e.g., by exploring the historical evolution of the two fields, their points of conceptual, methodological, and theoretical intersection, and articulating explicit bridges between communication studies and STS.

If anyone would like to write a 7000-9000 words long paper along these lines, take a look at CJC’s website. Deadline for submission of papers is 15 March, 2013. I guess they will be peer-reviewed.

Thomas Söderqvist

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